The Webbed Hand "Rain" series in now graced by a contribution from Djinnestan. Much like the shorter works of Djinnestan, this 74-minute piece is subtle and enchanted. As if in a dream you find yourself strolling in a fairytale forest, dark and misty, peopled by the figments of childhood imaginings. This album is ideal for meditation, trance-work, and quiet activities. It is recommended that you play it at low volume, as it is meant to be listened to peripherally, not directly.
C.P. McDill - sound wave manipulations
Rain is a series of conceptual CDs produced under the auspices of Webbed Hand Records. Each Rain is a CD-length ambient recording ideal for listening to while relaxing, working, or socializing. Typically the recordings in this series are minimalistic soundscapes, with motifs played out cyclically and repetitively, rather than progressively, in order to induce a relaxed state.
This is a great piece to stream while you are at work, too. Check out the m3u options.
Thank you for listening to this Webbed Hand Records release. Please visit the WHR homepage to explore our complete catalog of experimental and ambient recordings. All of our music is free to download, but we'd be very grateful if you could make a small donation (via Paypal) to help with the costs of maintaining a netlabel.
:: While wandering around Webbed Hand Records' website, I got sidetracked by their Rain series (and, frankly, getting side-tracked on their website is very easy to do with the large amount of music they have available), a collection of ambient records based around, well, rain. I snagged Djinnestan's Rain I and Rain II and lost myself for two hours in the pattering sound of natural water. Rain I obscures Twin Peaks type vocal loops (querulous whale voices that rise up like thought balloons through the murk of the mix), melodies of bell trees, the creaking of old wood, and hints of static loops with the ever-present drizzle of water from rooftops, river banks and stone buttresses. It's the creaky part of town where you've wandered on this rainy day, and the shadows are filled with waterlogged ghosts and the porches are uneven, sighing with age and decrepitude with each rain drop that hits them.
Rain II is even more ghostly, filled with hints of rain that have been obscured by the mist that seems to bleed out of the sky and the low-crawling fog that coalesces along the ground. Even as the crickets take over, singing their stringed melodies across a field tinkling with tiny bells, you can't shake the illusion that this foggy world is haunted, and it is the ever-present drip of water that keeps everything at bay. God forbid the rain would stop and the ground would dry up. Who knows what we would find if we could see the plains about us.
A review in Dutch from araglin.nl
Tijdens een van mijn strooptochten zoektochten op internet stuitte ik op het internetlabel Webbed Hand Records, gespecialiseerd in duistere ambient en zweverige soundscapes. Of zoals ze het zelf zeggen: "Music aimed at the ears of introverted mystics, dreamers, and lateral thinkers." Muziek die op de achtergrond rondzoemt en naadloos in de omgeving opgaat. Momenteel luister ik het bijna 75 minuten durende Rain 1 van Djinnestan (rechtsklikken en Save target as - download is bijna 89 MB). Een hypnotiserend nummer dat door de maker zelf omschreven wordt als: "As if in a dream you find yourself strolling in a fairytale forest, dark and misty, peopled by the figments of childhood imaginings." Duister en sfeervol - alsof je jezelf een weg baant door een buitenaards landschap. Liefhebbers van bijvoorbeeld Lustmord of vroege Tangerine Dream moeten zeker eens gaan grasduinen in de archieven van Webbed Hand Records.
April 11, 2015 Subject:
Five stars - well deserved - much appreciated and often played....
September 4, 2005 Subject:
Schöne Klangwelten: Flüsse plätschern, Bäume knarrzen und so etwas ähnliches wie ein Windspiel ist zu hören. Herunterladen, anhören!
March 6, 2005 Subject:
This is some good ambient stuff. As Mystical said: Creepy, mystical and dark. I especially like the wooden noises, the creaking ropes etc. Really subtle and refined listening here and still quite relaxing, as usual in the Rain series. If you want some top ambience, get this. It's really good.
January 30, 2005 Subject:
As the others in the Webbed Hand Records "Rain" series, this work calms and loosens your psyche. The cover-art is beautiful and matches the atmosphere of the record.
The sound quality is perfect and is a fine example of what can be accomplished in the netlabel ambient community.
As with my other reviews, I rank it as to how well it achieves what it attempts, and this is definatly a 5.
December 20, 2004 Subject:
The great flow of Darkness
Very imaginative... should inspire creativity in those that love to dream in color. Wonderfully produced and great stereo quality. I love the swelling low tone that penetrates my head!
October 15, 2004 Subject:
This is very interesting
I found you via Sariane, on livejournal...while I have a few mass produced CD's of thunderstorms, et al. that I use for sleep, I've not really listened to much material like this. I find it interesting that tuned to a lower volume and running in the background while I do other things it tends to activate some of the odder aspects of my rather alien brain. (I have this strange thing where I hallucinate odors and sometimes get color flashes triggered by various things, this is not a bad thing! Just odd that the music sets it off, usually it's visuals that trigger it!) This is wonderfully creepy spooky and I'm trying to figure out how to broadcast it into my front yard halloween night :)
October 13, 2004 Subject:
This came out during the right season-- October. It is dark, creepy and magical. Recommended for certain!